Human Welfare

US priest who gave out gifts in Philippines accused of abuse

Sep 9, 2019

The arrest of a Catholic priest has deeply shaken the Philippine village where he lived and revealed how allegations of sex crimes by priests are still ignored in one of the world's most Catholic countries

UN envoy challenges Malaysia's claim to near zero poverty

Aug 24, 2019

A U.N. special rapporteur has challenged Malaysia's claim to have nearly ended poverty, saying an estimated one in six people in the Southeast Asian country are still considered poor

Myanmar, Bangladesh schedule Rohingya repatriation

Aug 16, 2019

Officials say Myanmar and Bangladesh have set next Thursday for a new attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago.

Underage fighters are drawn into Indonesian conflict

Jun 23, 2019

The long-simmering conflict between Indonesia's military and Papuans seeking independence includes indigenous teenagers and boys who appear barely adolescent, highlighting how attempts to extinguish the movement have spawned a new generation of fighters

65 Rohingya Muslims found shipwrecked in southern Thailand

Jun 11, 2019

Thai officials say they have discovered 65 ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees who were shipwrecked and stranded in southern Thailand

Experimental surgery gains support as opioid deaths rise

May 8, 2019

Clinical trials in China using deep brain stimulation may hold the key to treating drug users, literally with the flip of a switch

Chinese researchers try brain implants to treat drug addicts

May 8, 2019

Clinical trials in China using deep brain stimulation or DBS may hold the key to treating drug users, literally with the flip of a switch

UN rights envoy says Laos focus on big projects hurting poor

Mar 28, 2019

United Nations human rights expert urges communist-ruled Laos to focus less on foreign-invested dam and railway contracts and devote more resources to helping its children and the poor

Report: Myanmar, China failing to stop 'bride' trafficking

Mar 21, 2019

Human rights group says Myanmar, China failing to stop the trafficking of young women from the conflict-ridden Kachin region into forced "marriages" to Chinese men

Flash floods, slides in eastern Indonesia kill at least 58

Mar 18, 2019

Flash floods and mudslides triggered by days of torrential downpours tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia's easternmost province, killing at least 58 people and leaving thousands homeless

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